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fury-over-serbia-deals-left-kosovo-shaken-12-24-2015 2015 in review 30 Dec 15

Fury Over Serbia Deals Left Kosovo Shaken

While a spike in Islamist activity was one headache facing the government, violent protests against EU-brokered deals with Serbia proved the bigger challenge.

foreign-policy-setbacks-leave-kosovo-shaken-12-18-2015 Analysis 18 Dec 15

Foreign Policy Setbacks Leave Kosovo Shaken

The government was wrong to gamble on the EU granting visa liberalization as a reward for its sacrifices in talks with Serbia, experts say.

kosovo-analysts-perplexed-over-november-28th-nationalist-rally-11-27-2015-1 Analysis 28 Nov 15

Fears of Violence Dog Kosovo Opposition Rally

After opposition parties invited ‘all Albanians’ to join Saturday’s anti-government rally, the participation of football fan groups with a history of violence is raising safety concerns.

fr-sava-time-to-go-forward-and-start-dialogue-11-12-2015 Interview 13 Nov 15

Fr. Sava: Time to Go Forward and Start Dialogue

Sava Janjic, the Abbot of Visoki Decani Monastery, says Serbian heritage needs to be settled within the Brussels dialogue before any further discussion on UNESCO status.

serbia-s-unesco-victory-has-exposed-its-true-face-11-12-2015 Comment 12 Nov 15

Serbia’s UNESCO ‘Victory’ Has Exposed its True Face

Belgrade’s brutal and offensive campaign against Kosovo’s membership bid, comparing it to ISIS, has reminded Europe and its own neighbours of how little the ‘new’ Serbia has changed.

opposition-is-pulling-kosovo-into-the-unknown-11-05-2015 comment 06 Nov 15

Opposition is Pulling Kosovo Into the Unknown

The government may be arrogant but the opposition’s radical tactics risk polarising society to an unprecedented degree, as well as stirring ethnic tension.

kosovo-serb-rift-creates-headache-for-belgrade-10-12-2015 analysis 12 Oct 15

Kosovo Serb Rift Creates Headache for Belgrade

Open rift in main Serbian coalition in Kosovo poses a challenge for Serbia, although it is unlikely to derail Serbia’s key policies in Kosovo.

serbian-fears-about-kosovo-s-army-are-myth-10-05-2015 Comment 06 Oct 15

Serbian Fears About Kosovo’s ‘Army’ Are Myth

The Serbian elites are busy hyping the dangers of a Kosovo army – but a glance at Kosovo’s recent security review reveals them as fantasies.

opposition-campaign-risks-destabilizing-kosovo-10-02-2015 Analysis 02 Oct 15

Opposition Campaign Risks Destabilizing Kosovo

The opposition’s latest move to block the work of parliament could foment dangerous tensions in the unstable country, experts fear.

kosovo-serbia-begin-diplomatic-battle-over-unesco-09-17-2015 Comment 17 Sep 15

Kosovo, Serbia Begin Diplomatic Battle over UNESCO

Pristina and Belgrade are set for another diplomatic battle over Kosovo’s bid to join United Nations cultural body UNESCO which could further damage relations between Serbia and its former province.

kosovo-and-serbia-offer-havens-for-jail-dodgers-09-16-2015 Feature 16 Sep 15

Kosovo and Serbia Offer Havens for Jail-Dodgers

Convicted criminals from Kosovo and Serbia only have to cross each other’s borders in order to escape serving jail sentences for the crimes that they committed.

brussels-package-leaves-kosovo-full-of-foreboding-09-10-2015 Analysis 10 Sep 15

Brussels Package Leaves Kosovo Full of Foreboding

While most Kosovo Serbs show skeptical optimism on governance deal, many Kosovo Albanians fear they have signed away some of their country’s sovereignty.

rebuilding-trust-in-a-divided-kosovo-town-08-14-2015 Interview` 20 Aug 15

Restoring Trust in a Divided Kosovo Town

After the Kosovo war, activist Valdete Idrizi realised that reconciliation would only be possible if Serbs and Albanians in her ethnically-divided town of Mitrovica started talking to each other again.

greek-drama-hangs-over-merkel-s-visit-to-serbia Comment 06 Jul 15

Greek Drama Hangs Over Merkel’s Visit to Serbia

Faced with a debacle in Greece, Angela Merkel will want to extract good news from her trip to Belgrade – but Vucic should still not expect an easy ride.

degrees-collect-dust-in-kosovo-serbia-diploma-war Feature 30 Apr 15

Degrees Collect Dust in Kosovo-Serbia Diploma War

Kosovo and Serbia’s refusal to recognize each other’s educational qualifications is hurting minorities in both countries.